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Beagle 2 Mars

  1. Dec 24, 2003 #1
    As part of Beagle 2 interest, I thought I'd post the mailshot I recieve.

    Latest:Beagle 2 is currently travelling the last miles of its journey to the Red Planet alone and without any propulsion systems of its own. Thanks to the careful alignment of Mars Express on 19th December and accuracy of the spin-up and eject mechanism it is now believed that Beagle 2 is heading for a landing ellipse measuring 80km by 15km, much smaller than originally envisaged.

    Please see the full story on www.beagle2.com.
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  3. Dec 26, 2003 #2
    Beagle 2 should have landed yet, but unfortunately is impossible to make contact with it

    It's frustrating the amount of failures that are accumulating in the last missions to Mars, for example the loss of the Mars Climate Orbiter in 1999. It seems that is not a unique problem of NASA, now ESA wants to join the failure club.

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  4. Dec 26, 2003 #3
    Fustrating. :frown:

    Did they ever confirm for certain what happened to the Mars Climate Orbiter? Has it (or its wreckage) ever been found or detected?
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  6. Dec 29, 2003 #5


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    Aw crap. Beagle still missing...
    http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/space/12/29/beagle.missing.ap/index.html [Broken]

    Japan lost its Nozomi mission to Mars back in early December too.

    NASA still has the Spirit and Opportunity missions about to land on Mars (planned for Jan 3, 2004 and Jan 24, 2004 respectively). Keep your fingers crossed (or whatever the Martian equivalent is).
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  7. Dec 29, 2003 #6

    Keep your fingers crossed (or whatever the Martian equivalent is). I believe it's :Keep your tentacles crossed!

    Actually the best communication window is set for the 7th of January04, thats when the mothership is at its optimum orbit for a direct overhead pass for the Beagle's 'intended landing zone'.

    P.S The whole purpose of the Beagle is to trawl for 'Life', I wonder if there is genuine life there, and if so would this lifeform be 'communicating' with itself?..maybe the initial warning echo of :THE ALIENS ARE COMING!..THE ALIENS ARE COMING! have rung out across the Martian landscape..and the Beagle craft has been carted off to..maybe a 'coat-hanger No2?'at AREA 15?, and is currently being systematically back-engineered?[b(]
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  8. Dec 29, 2003 #7


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    MCO - communication problem among (Earthly) teams

    Certain? Yes; it crashed. Wreckage? Not seen yet, unlikely to be seen, even with Mars Express.

    Cause of failure? One team used metric units, the other English; failure was guarranteed. Details:
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  10. Dec 31, 2003 #9
    well if it is in a crator, they said they might be able to get a signal with one of the orbiters by changing its path slightly.

    I am surprised NASA didn't equip the MERs to pick up a beagle signal... I am sure they can probably contact eachother
  11. Dec 31, 2003 #10


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    You'd think that at least one of the craft we've got (or will have) orbitting will have an omni-directional antenna. At least you'd hope that they would...
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